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If thou art young then marry not a kit
Against Matrimony: an extract from The Proverbs of Hendyng (2800) — two couplets at the end of a Prymer.
Note: = st. 41 of 2800 [1] and st. 10 of 2800 [2].
Author(s): Hendyng
Title(s): The Proverbs of Hendyng
Subjects: marriage, against
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 3835
Transcription:
If thow art young then mary not ekit
if thou art old thou hast more wite
for young mens wifes [may n]ot be taught
and olde mens wifes be good for naught
Editions:
Littlehales, Henry, ed. The Prymer or Lay Folks’ Prayer Book. EETS o.s. 105 (1895); 109 (1897); repr. as one volume, 1973: xlix.
Patterson, Frank A. “Shakspeare and the Medieval Lyric.” Shakesperian Studies by Members of the Department of English And Comparative Literature in Columbia University. B. Matthews, and A. H. Thorndike, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1916. 431-52: 450.